Last Friday, right here on ISBL's "I Didn't Say It," I posted a quote from Rebecca Kleefisch, the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, and how she feels about marriage equality; she said:
"This is a slippery slope. In addition to that at what point are we going to be okay marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs? This is ridiculous. And biblically, again, I'm going to go right back to my fundamental Christian beliefs marriage is between one man and one woman."
Yes, she compared same-sex marriage to bestiality--a tried-and-true Republican talking point, as well as the desire of some folks to marry inanimate objects.
Now, it seems that Kleefisch has removed her foot from her mouth and has apologized for telling a Christian radio program earlier this year that extending domestic partner benefits to gay state employees could lead to approving marriage to dogs or furniture.
Rebecca Kleefisch's "apology":
"My comments were meant to relay my concern with redefining marriage. I never intended to sound insensitive, and have the utmost respect for all people. I apologize for my poor choice of words."
Um, Rebecca? Fuck you.
If your comments were meant to relay concern, why bring up bestiality?
If you didn't mean to sound insensitive, why suggest people marry clocks if gay men and women can marry?
If you had a poor choice of words, and the rebound with a non-apology-apology, how can we trust a word that comes out of your mouth?
Let's talk truth here, Rebecca. You said what you wanted to say, but then it got out, and people began to question you as a candidate for office, so you decided to spin a non-apology.
Here's how a real apology might work: I apologize sincerely for what i said. I was wrong and wasn't thinking before I spoke. I'm sorry.
That's an apology, Kleefisch. You should learn it, because I see many more apologies in your political future.